Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | October 15, 2009

Weekly Read-Along—October 16, 2009: The Beginning of Time

Material for the Stout-Hearted Reader to Ruminate

♦ Essays, Lectures & Speeches ♦

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Stephen Hawking (1942 –) is a British professor of theoretical physics. He recently retired as the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics chair in the Gonville and Caius College of the University of Cambridge.  He was awarded the Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 1982, and was made a Companion of Honour in 1989. He also is a Fellow of The Royal Society and a Member of the US National Academy of Sciences.

This week’s text is Hawking’s public lecture, “The Beginning of Time” (1996).  In it, he addresses, “whether time itself has a beginning, and whether it will have an end.”  Hawking concludes—

“the universe, and time itself, had a beginning in the Big Bang, about 15 billion years ago…the universe will re-collapse eventually…the contracting phase, will not have the opposite arrow of time, to the expanding phase. So we will keep on getting older, and we won’t return to our youth. Because time is not going to go backwards…”

Join others from around the world in this weekly reading event! You can find Hawking’s text at this website:

http://www.hawking.org.uk/index.php/lectures/publiclectures/62


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